Moringa Health Benefits

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Moringa, or called “kalamunggay” in our regional language in the Philippines is definitely one wonder plant. Although we have always been aware of its health benefits, it is only recently that this plant has made it to the headlines of international health magazines. It would be very common these days to find moringa tea sold in malls and health shops.

These are among the health benefits of moringa, according to this site:

Are rich in Vitamin A. Good for eyes.

A rich source of calcium way higher than in milk, naturally combined with magnesium to ensure absorption by the body.

Along with potassium, zinc is also found in large quantities in moringa which supports uptake of the high iron content.

Moringa helps in balancing the cholesterol levels in the body.

All Essential Amino acids are also found in moringa and 12 others.

Moringa is also said to balance sugar levels, hence it is helpful in the fight against diabetes.

are an immunity-stimulant, it is prescribed for HIV afflicted patients.

Moringa leaves can be consumed to stimulate metabolism.

Supports digestion and is a natural laxative when taken on an empty stomach.

a nutrition booster and a non-sugar based energizer.

Can also help in the weight loss process as food when cutting down.

Increase the quantity of breast milk.

It is also famous for its anti-bacterial properties.

The paste of the moringa leaves is a goodskin tonic.

It protects the liver and kidneys.

Helps you feel better!

Hubby and I have been drinking Moringa tea regularly for about a week now.  Personally I have seen positive effects already, especially on the energy level and I feel very rested, too.  I have been suffering from my allergies almost everyday before I have been taking Moringa tea in the morning and now I feel a lot better– the last two days have been great for me without the constant sneezing and stuffy nose.

Here is how we prepare the Moringa tea:

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We air-dried the Moringa leaves before boiling them

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Goodbye, coffee! Hello, Moringa tea!

Of course, we love moringa in our soup, too! Here’s for dinner tonight:

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The more Moringa leaves, the better!

||Just a little bit of trivia:  Moringa leaves are not eaten here in Thailand.   People buy them in shops selling potted flowers and ornamental plants  so it would be common to see Moringa plants in beautiful pots inside people’s houses.  When I told our neighbor that we eat Moringa leaves, he cringed.  It is unimaginable for them– although now the Moringa tea is already gaining popularity in this country.||

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Pinakbet

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When a friend from the Philippines brought us a bottle of shrimp paste, I immediately looked into our fridge to see if we have all the vegetables needed to make Pinakbet. Sadly, we only had squash, string beans and eggplant. Well,that did not stop me from making my favorite vegetable dish! I was just so happy about the shrimp paste I felt I could pull off a delicious pinakbet sans okra and bitter melon.

Ta-daah! Here is my pinakbet!

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Still looks delish, doesn’t it?  The family loved it. My Ilocano husband has his version of pinakbet too, but what can he do?  I was the cook that day!  (Actually he said he loved it too!)  wink!

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Aspartame: The Sweet Poison

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How is it possible for a sweet soda to  be sugar-free?  The answer could only be aspartame.  This sweetener present in diet colas, powdered juices and many other products is now becoming popular, and people are usually attracted to the catchy slogan “No Sugar” or “100% Sugar-free.”  What most people don’t know is how this sweetener could be so hazardous to one’s health.

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Doctors have now found out that there is such a thing as “aspartame poisoning” and victims don’t even know that the aspartame of the colas or juices they drink is the culprit.

Here’s one reason why aspartame could do serious damage to one’s health:

“When the temperature of this sweetener exceeds 86 degrees F, the wood alcohol in ASPARTAME converts to formaldehyde and then to formic acid, which in turn causes metabolic acidosis. Formic acid is the poison found in the sting of fire ants. The methanol toxicity mimics, among other conditions, multiple sclerosis and systemic lupus.  Many people were being diagnosed in error. Although multiple sclerosis is not a death sentence, Methanol toxicity is!”  [You can view the full article here.]

Here are some of the symptoms that one could possibly have an aspartame poisoning:

Cramps, vertigo, dizziness, headaches, tinnitus, joint pain, unexplainable depression, anxiety attacks, slurred speech, blurred vision, and memory loss.  Now these symptoms could often  be relieved or reduced by simply taking pain relievers and not minding its cause.

So the next time you open that sugar-free diet soda, think about how that sweet poison could have long term destruction on your body.  Drinks with aspartame are naturally tempting because of its taste, but if you really have to be serious about staying in good health, your fondness or addiction to such drinks could be worth giving up.

 

 

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